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Workers Compensation Regulation 2010
46 Access to certain medical reports and other reports obtained by insurer: sections 73 and 126 of 1998 Act
(1) This clause applies to the following types of reports that an employer or insurer has in the employer’s or insurer’s possession:(a) medical reports, including medical reports provided pursuant to section 119 of the 1998 Act (Medical examination of workers at direction of employer),(b) medical certificates,(c) clinical notes,(d) investigators’ reports,(e) workplace rehabilitation providers’ reports,(f) health service providers’ reports,(g) reports of assessments under section 40A (Assessment of incapacitated worker’s ability to earn) of the 1987 Act,(h) reports obtained by or provided to an employer or insurer that contain information relevant to the claim on which a decision to dispute liability is made,(i) wage details required to be supplied under section 43 (2) of the 1987 Act where a decision has been made to decline payment of, or reduce the amount of, weekly benefits, but only if such details have not already been supplied to the worker.(2) This clause applies to the following decisions of an employer or insurer relating to an injured worker:(a) a decision to dispute liability in respect of a claim, or any aspect of a claim (in circumstances requiring the insurer to give the worker a notice and reasons under section 74 of the 1998 Act),(b) a decision to discontinue payment, or to reduce the amount of weekly benefits (in circumstances requiring the insurer to give the worker a notice of intention under section 54 of the 1987 Act),(c) a decision on the review under section 287A of the 1998 Act of a decision described in paragraph (a) or (b) that confirms the original decision.(3) If an employer or insurer makes a decision to which this clause applies, the employer or insurer must provide a copy of any relevant report to which this clause applies to the worker, as an attachment to a notice under section 74 of the 1998 Act, section 54 of the 1987 Act or section 287A of the 1998 Act, as the case may be, except where the report has already been supplied to the worker and that report is identified in a statement under clause 14 (1) (c) or 43 (1) (d).(4) The obligation in this clause to provide a copy of a report applies to any report that is relevant to the claim or any aspect of the claim to which the decision relates, whether or not the report supports the reasons for the decision.(5) If the employer or insurer is of the opinion that supplying a worker with a copy of a report would pose a serious threat to the life or health of the worker or any other person, the employer or insurer may instead supply the report:(a) in the case of a medical report, medical certificate or clinical notes—to a medical practitioner nominated by the worker for that purpose, or(b) in any other case—to a legal practitioner representing the worker.(6) If, on the application of an employer or insurer, the Authority is satisfied that supplying the worker with a copy of the report would pose a serious threat to the life or health of the worker or any other person and that supplying the report as provided by this clause would not be appropriate, the Authority may:(a) direct that the report be supplied to such other persons as the Authority considers appropriate, or(b) make such other directions as the Authority thinks fit.